Alec Wilder, whose best-known compositions are "I'll Be Around" and "It's So Peaceful in the Country," wrote quite a few obscure but rewarding melodies, many of which were melancholy and full of subtle surprises. During the latter part of his life, Wilder became good friends with pianist Marian McPartland who became one of his top instrumental interpreters. On this CD reissue (which was originally on the Halcyon label), McPartland performs five of Wilder's works as duets with bassist Michael Moore, and five others with a trio also including bassist Rusty Gilder and drummer Joe Corsello. In addition to his two "hits," McPartland performs such interesting pieces as "While We're Young," "Trouble Is a Man" and "Where Are the Good Companions" among others. She has always had a real affinity and respect for Wilder's music (while not being shy to improvise away from the melodies), making this one of Marian McPartland's better recordings of the 1970s.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow